South Australian design firms Studio Nine Architects and Abeo Design will merge next month under the name Studio Nine Architects. 

The proposed merger in July between the two practices was prompted by a need to grow their teams thanks to a steady surge in demand for their creative services on increasingly more complex work.

The firms have already collaborated on some of South Australia’s high-profile hospitality projects including the Gully Public House and Garden at Tea Tree Gully, The Moseley, and the recently relaunched Holdfast Hotel.

Studio Nine Architects Senior Director, Tony Zappia commented that the move to merge has evolved from mutual trust and respect. While Studio Nine Architects was looking to bolster their team with top-tier interior design experience, Abeo Design wanted to expand upon their architectural expertise.

The new operation will retain the name Studio Nine Architects and remain at their Adelaide headquarters in Kent Town, with a team of more than 30 members.

Abeo Design Director, Mandy Primett believes the strategic merger of the two design teams has huge potential and will allow them to deliver dynamic and innovative projects.

Abeo Design founders Primett and Mandy Goehr share a 30-year proven record in interior architecture, having delivered projects for notable clients including Melbourne’s Crown Casino, The Lion at North Adelaide and Junction Moama in New South Wales.

Currently headed by four architectural directors, Tony Zappia, John Galluccio, Justin Cucchiarelli and Andrew Steele, the 18-year-old Studio Nine Architects has a diverse portfolio of upcoming work, including the Bath Apartments at Norwood.

Image: Junction Moama in New South Wales designed by Abeo Design